Last June, the annual flood of good people, music and vibes returned to the woods of Rothbury, Mich. One year later, the Electric Forest Festival kept the tradition alive and took it to new levels with the assistance of game-changing performances from the nation's top acts, an incredible venue and a smoothly conducted weekend.
Formed in 2009, Alabama Shakes has recently been taking over the indie music scene. After only four years, the band has been selling out venues across the country. Their first single "Hold On" made it to Billboard's Hot 100, earning them a Grammy nomination for 2012 Best New Artist.
The last time I checked, ukuleles were not a common ingredient in today's pop music culture. Several musicians made a strong case for the tiny stringed instrument during the Nebraska Pop Music Festival show last Friday night.
Music theory professor Ken Bales is currently over 6,000 miles away on a trip to China with the UNO Jazz Ensemble. On the trip, Bales is discussing and discovering with students the concepts of art and music.
Though he's visiting a country with a very different culture, Bales is content. After all, there he can find music and his students, the two most meaningful things in his life.